SPOTLIGHT: 3G spectrum refarming to manage the costs of customer expectations

 3G spectrum refarming to manage the costs of customer expectations
In recent years WCDMA subscriptions have grown apace: from 18 million at the end of 2004 to 170 million at the end of 2007. ABI Research forecasts that figure to rise to 740 million by the end of 2013. "WCDMA is on its way towards proven success," said Jake Saunders, ABI Research VP, "but there are still challenges and hurdles to overcome. In particular, operators find that expanding WCDMA coverage in the 2100MHz band into low-density urban and rural areas is very costly in the current competitive environment." Article

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